About The Highwood

An award-winning restaurant and live classroom for the next generation of culinary and hospitality leaders — The Highwood will give you a unique and delicious dining experience.

For an exceptional value, our students provide world-class cuisine and service under the expert guidance of renowned chefs and hospitality instructors. Whether you are looking for an outstanding lunch or an elegant five-course dinner, prepare to be delighted.

1301 16th Ave NW
Calgary, AB T2M 0L4
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Global, International

Hours of Operation:

Lunch
Monday to Friday - Prices Vary
Seating's at 11:30 am or 12 pm | Walk -ins welcome

Thursday lunch buffet - $30.00 + GST
Seating's at 11 am, 11:30 am or 12 pm


Dinner - $48.00 + GST (Includes Five Course Meal)
Monday to Thursday
Seating's at 6, 6:30 and 7 pm │Walk-ins welcome

Reservations are open up to December 15. On November 6 we will commence bookings for January 10 to February 28.
Open During Renovations! Our building is undergoing renovations, but our students are still serving up great meals. We look forward to having you dine with us during this exciting transformation, visit www.sait.ca/highwood for more details. Your continued support is essential to student success.

Cross Street:
Dr. Carpenter Circle NW

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(403) 284-8615 ext. 2

Website:
http://www.sait.ca/highwood

Parking Details:
For information on parking or to view a campus map, please visit sait.ca/highwood.

Public Transit:
The Highwood is conveniently located close to the SAIT /ACAD /Jubilee c-train station.

Executive Chef:
Michael Allemeier, Michael Dekker & Steve Lepine

Additional:
Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We offer custom social events for all occasions at our downtown Culinary Campus. Visit the culinarycampus.ca for more information.

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Details
Mon - Wed 6:30PM - 6:30PM 7:00PM - 7:00PM

The Highwood Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (43)
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Good for Anniversaries (29)
Good for Birthdays (29)
Great for Lunch (27)
Good for a Date (25)
Business Meals (18)
Good for Groups (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Seasonal (16)
Healthy (13)
Local Ingredients (12)
Tasting Menu (12)
Casual (10)
Authentic (9)
Fun (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Romantic (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Cozy (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (Calgary)·Dined 17 hours ago

Food was spectacular as was the service!

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 (Calgary)·Dined 5 days ago

I didn't like my meal. Steak sandwich was underseasoned, ice cold and so chewy. Had steak sandwich at Cash Casino was much better steak sandwich for simular price. My friend had same and didn't like it either. Out of 5 people only 1 liked her meal. I will not pay 8.00 for parking to eat there.

OPEN TABLE - we want to see who has confirmed they are coming when invited through Open Table.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Outstanding as to always is. Great to see the creative work of students.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Everyone is still raving about the dinner days later! Table loved the tomato salad & appetizers of cheese fritters. Had to ask for another basket of assorted bread as everyone sampled all the different types. One used the bread to soak up the rest of their duck consume. Main entrees of sirloin, pork, fish, & gnocchi were all appreciatively devoured. There was a delicious buffet of desserts to choose from. Service was professional & friendly.

Note: Building is being renovated so there is a temporary entrance with no elevator.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Server was very considerate. We were so full that we cannot eat the desert. The server was kind enough to let us pack it home

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 9, 2017

It was the first time we dined at the Highwood and wonder why we waited so long. The food was delicious from start to finish; the presentation exceptional. Our waiter, Andrew, was attentive, engaging, professional and friendly. The entire staff made us feel very welcome. It was an amazing experience! Kudos!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 7, 2017

This is a cooking school. It was the server’s first day but he did very well. Cod was again fresh. Poke bowl was great as usual. Blackened shrimp was great value. Great value. The good price helps. Nice to see good food from a cooking school. Better than certain real restaurants. They must have great chefs as teachers.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Amazing! The appetizer and dessert sections are excellent! Well worth the price.

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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Wonderful food and great service! The staff was very accommodating with my food restrictions and everything was delicious!

Tags: Good for a Date, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Healthy
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 31, 2017

For the price it’s completely worth for. Food is 5stars cuisine standard. Service is just okay as you know this is a student training restaurant. If they can explain what’s in each dish serving then it will be perfect.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Food server was great, drink server has some more to work on, a bit socially awkward and slow and forgetful about our wine, by the time she brought it we were almost done our main course

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 30, 2017

The food was fantastic, very tasty. It tasted like more. One of my favorite restaurants.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Quick Bite, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

My friend and I love the Highwood. It is our most favourite place to have a wonderful lunch.
We were a little disappointed in our waiter Alexander. He was kind and pleasant however could use a little more instruction with service. We did have to remind him 3 times to bring our bread. Having said that he seemed a little nervous but with time I am sure he will be fine.
We Will of course return.
Ina Pearce

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great service, delicious food. You won't be disappointed.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Great food and reasonable prices. The students provided very good service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Outstanding food. Service was a bit slow but otherwise excellent.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

The food is always fantastic here. It is nice to be in an experience with Students learning their craft. I appreciate the effort put into everything.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Interesting dishes that use fresh ingredients at a very reasonable price.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Although there’s room for the students to grow the overall experience at the highwood was fantastic. The chef made my mom’s blue rare steak perfectly just the way she likes it. All the dishes were simple yet innovative showcasing the students skills.

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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Such a great experience! Great food and drinks and nice atmosphere for visiting!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 23, 2017

we were there on Monday and had the duck which was outstanding service is always great and you cannot beat the price thank-you

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Fine dining, at least half the price of restaurants, excellent service, a wonderful experience, such a treat!

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 20, 2017

This the fourth or fifth time we dined at the Highwood. It’s the first time we’ve had a meal that wasn’t exceptional. My husband’s steak was a little on the well done side, but still eatable. We’ve had Jarod(Jerry) as our waiter everytime we’ve been there and look forward to seeing him each year. He is a great example of a professional and knows how to look the customer. We look forward to returning next year to celebrate

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

This is our third time, I believe, having dinner here in the past 10+ years. Food was good and beautiful presentation as usual. Good service. Having full course fine dining here is always a good deal and it’s always a good opportunity for the students to learn and practice. Salad was fresh, pretty but portion is a bit too small. Pecorino Romano Parisienne Gnocchi was really so-so. Gnocchi wasn’t chewy, probably it’s my own personal preference. The first gnocchi I had (in a small Italian family restaurant at Notting Hill of London UK) gave me a lovely chewy texture and I still miss that (too bad the restaurant was closed down now). Roasted Lingcod was fresh and portion was quite huge. Albacore Tuna Dsuke was fresh, good seared tuna Tataki. Warm Ham Hock Rillette taste like Spam but wasn’t that salty. This is an interesting good item. Duck Breast & Duck Leg Dumpling – dumpling was a fusion made, not authentic Chinese one. Duck break was a quite tough (medium well), compared to the ones I had in Girona (Spain) or Paris. Not sure why, probably either the origin of the duck or the way it was cooked? I gave my feedback to the server and he was happy to feed that back to the chef. Dessert was available as buffet and I like they were all made in small portion so we could try out different stuff. Overall, the food was light, not over-salted or sweetened (we do like that). It’s always a good experience having dinner here and support the local students.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

We had two reservations and had to add a couple of chairs to each table at the last minute. Your staff was very helpful, and we all had a great time. The food was amazing and all were pleased with their meal.
GREAT SERVICE from everyone!!
Thank you.
Tania

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Fun, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 19, 2017

It is wonderful watching the future chefs practicing and delighting our pallets with wonderful food excellent value and great prices will definitely come back and bring friends

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Three of our table chose the duck main dish and, whilst it was very nice, it was slightly over cooked and a little chewy. However this was the only criticism of what was an excellent meal overall and considering we were a table of 10, the service and delivery of dishes was excellent. Sadly there was a shortage of a particular desert that at least 5 of us would have chosen but thankfully there were some excellent alternatives to be had. The Highwood remains my ‘go to’ restaurant when I want a quality meal for a sensible price.

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Food was great. For starters we mostly had soup of the day which was buttersquash soup. Was creamy and really tasty.
We ordered the roast of the day as mains. So tender and well prepared. Presentation was beautiful.
We had 3 kinds of desserts. Chocolate browny, blueberry cheesecake and strawberry rhubarb. All was really great and so tasty. Great desserts to end off our meal.
There was a special coffee prepared at our table side. Was very entertaining and great taste.

Tags: Business Meals, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 13, 2017

It was a wonderful experience to have our Grandson (Ben Miles) to be our servor. He spent the time explaining each dish of what it contained and where the ingredients were from.

Walt and Lorna Evans
(Benjamin Miles)

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 12, 2017

I really enjoy the salads and was disappointed that the salad plates used were smaller than the regular-size plates that we normally use. I used to enjoy the variety of pizzas but they have disappeared from the offerings and I would personally like to see them return to the menu. The food is always terrific and it's wonderful to try foods in different combinations, such as beets and spinach mixed together. Did I mention that I love the variety of salads?

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Had a wonderful dinner. Thank you Darwin! Will be back soon.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Kid-friendly, Seasonal
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

The first time I had been there and WOW excellent experience. Hell's kitchen; minus all the negative screaming and yelling; the food was excellent and service same.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Anniversary dinner here with my wife was marvelous, as usual. Each dish is a unique and often surprising work of art, bursting with flavour and colour. Cocktails are inventive and tasty. Servers very attentive. We love to chat a bit with the students who will be tomorrow's restaurant and hotel managers. Bravo, keep up the great work.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Great as always, went for lunch with friends got a perfect roast and even complimentary dessert coffee! Great value and great food!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 6, 2017

staff was awesome and knowledgeable and if they didn't know the answer the immediately found out. food was fantastic and cooked exactly to our liking, the drink specials were tasty and the dessert bar was always stocked and had a wide variety.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

It was a wonderful evening. The menu was fun, food was fabulous, the staff very friendly and accommodating. Our server was a little bit nervous, very kind and sweet. He must have asked us 100 times if there was anything else we needed. This was cute as he was trying so hard to make it a special experience. I love being in the live classroom!
Look forward to our next visit. Thank you

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 6, 2017

My grandson and I found the staff friendly and competent, one glitch, which did not ruin our experience. The entire meal was tastefully presented on the serving dishes, and excellent mix of flavours for each course, cooked perfectly. We enjoyed our evening very much.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Service and food was great. Very good value for a 5 course dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

Great as always and affordable! Short wait times great quality food!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Fantastic meal! The special attention our children received was very thoughtful, they were thrilled to go on a kitchen tour. Presentation was amazing!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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